Only an estimated 42% of high school teams have access to a certified athletic trainer for both games and practices. That means a professional isn’t always present to carefully watch or even administer aid if impacts of concern occur. Even when they are present, many of the time coaches and athletic trainers don’t have access to appropriate tools to monitor, track and quantify potentially harmful impacts. Injuries then go undetected or unnoticed and players are allowed to continue to play, though already exposed to potentially dangerous impacts.
For the first time, Teams can now use head-impact data from games and practices to identify players at a greater risk of injury through being exposed to the hardest and highest quantity of head-impacts. Coaches and Athletic trainers can now have access to head-impacts from practice broken out by position and player, and can use that data to make more informed decisions to improve technique and manage head-impact exposure while simultaneously mitigating the risk of injury. With the help of Athlete Intelligence, teams have the ability to gain full context of a game or practice, without even being present.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury. Source: WebMD.com
Concussions remain a difficult diagnosis process and require the aid of medical professionals when checking an athlete for symptoms. While no product may be able to prevent, diagnose, or identify a concussion, risk can still be mitigated by ensuring athletes are using proper technique, removing head from contact, and are removed from play if concerns of big impacts have occurred.
FACT : MORE THAN 3.8 MILLION CONCUSSIONS AND SPORTS BRAIN INJURIES OCCUR EACH YEAR.
What do many professional hockey players, professional football players and professional fighters have in common?
Over the course of their careers, they’ve all suffered from a concussion or multiple concussions. In some cases, their injuries abruptly ended their playing career.
But professional athletes are not the only players susceptible to concussion.
FACT : 250 THOUSAND CONCUSSIONS OCCUR IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL EACH YEAR.
Any athlete – especially those who participate in collision sports like football, hockey and lacrosse – can sustain a concussion. However, collision sports athletes are not the only ones susceptible to sports brain injury. Concussions have been reported in players from many different types of sports, including boxing, soccer, BMX, softball, cheerleading, diving and more.
Concussions don’t just occur in games, either. Anytime an athlete suits up, for practice or performance testing, they’re at risk.
FACT : 300 THOUSAND OF THESE SPORTS BRAIN INJURIES WILL RESULT IN A LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS.
WebMD.com states that you don’t have to pass out (lose consciousness) to sustain a concussion. Some people will have obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury. But other people won’t.
According to this University of Pittsburgh study, concussions can often cause major, long-term brain impairments in information-processing speed, problem solving, planning and memory. In simpler terms, concussions can destroy your brain’s ability to function normally.
These impairments are worse with multiple concussions.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Delayed verbal and/or motor response
- Confusion and/or difficulty concentrating
- Slurred and/or incoherent speech
- Ringing in the ears
- Inability to remember recent or past events
- Loss of consciousness
- Sleep disturbances
- Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
- Sensitivity to loud noises
Several studies in the 1970s and ’80s documented the cases of three athletes who died after suffering more than one concussion. Now, more than ever before, medical professionals and athletic trainers understand the catastrophic impact that repeated concussions can have on an athlete. Second Impact Syndrome is a rare condition that occurs when a second concussion occurs before a first concussion has properly healed causing rapid and severe brain swelling that could lead to permanent disability or death (BrainandSpinalcord.org). Even with all of this modern knowledge, there still isn’t a concrete platform that coaches and athletic trainers could use to evaluate an athlete’s injury and recovery from a concussion.
Vector™ MouthGuard: A revolution in the fight against head injuries. We’re tackling the growing epidemic of undiagnosed Sports Brain Injuries head on. The revolutionary Vector MouthGuard gives sideline personnel the ability to accurately measure the location and level of any given hit, and to establish an athlete’s history of exposure and injury. At its core, our state-of-the-art mouth guard transmits real-time information, allowing immediate assessments of a player’s ability to remain on the field. It’s the first solution of its kind, with precision accuracy that only intracranial detection can provide.
Traumatic brain injury, including concussions, occurs in sporting activities when the head is subjected to sudden high magnitude acceleration caused by a hit. As reports of head injuries for contact sports increase, sports personnel need useful information about what’s happening to players at the first sign of a hit. Athlete Intelligence is prioritizing research and development efforts in areas surrounding both linear and rotational acceleration. Linear acceleration occurs when the head experiences a change in speed while moving in a straight line. For example, when an outfielder collides with the outfield wall while tracking a deep fly ball. Rotational acceleration occurs when the head experiences a change in its rate of rotation, even if there is no straight-line motion. Since most collisions include components of both linear and rotational acceleration, we made it our goal to create a measurement system that could capture all the elements relevant to brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury, including concussion, occurs in sporting activities when the head is subjected to sudden high magnitude acceleration caused by a hit. Such hits may occur as a result of accidental or intentional collisions between athletes, or between an athlete and an inanimate object, e.g., a ball, goal post, fence, or the ground. Athlete Intelligence is prioritizing its research and development efforts in areas surrounding both linear and rotational acceleration.
Linear acceleration occurs when the head experiences a change in speed while moving in a straight line, for example when an outfielder collides with the outfield wall while tracking a deep fly ball. Rotational acceleration occurs when the head experiences a change in its rate of rotation, even if there is no straight-line motion. Since most sporting impacts include components of both linear and rotational acceleration, we made it our goal to create a measurement system that could capture all the elements relevant to brain injury.
Because the system is in contact with the skull and not the helmet, shoulder or chin strap, Vector MouthGuard is able to precisely measure linear acceleration and rotational acceleration in three dimensions. To validate the performance of our design, we put our system to the ultimate challenge with a pendulum tester and linear hit tester, both calibrated for high-performance data collection.
Q: How does head-Impact monitoring help my team?
Q: Will this system help identify or diagnose concussions?
Q: Do the parents have access to the data?
Q: What impact severity threshold should be set to flag the harder impacts?
Q: How does knowing the impact location of each hit help my team?
Q: How does knowing the impact quantity help my team?
Q: How does knowing the impact severity help my team?
Q: What does the Vector MouthGuard and CUE Sport Sensor Measure?
Q: What is the main difference between the Vector MouthGuard and CUE Sport Sensor?
Q: Why is the Vector MouthGuard considered the more premium product?
Q: How do I turn on the Vector MouthGuard?
Q: What sports does the Vector MouthGuard work best for?
Q: What sports does the CUE Sport Sensor work best for?
Q: Can I use my Vector MouthGuard with braces?
Q: How is the Vistamaxx material different from a normal mouthguard?
Q: Will the CUE Sport Sensor ever transmit in real-time like the Vector MouthGuard?
Q: Can I purchase a single Vector MouthGuard or a Single CUE Sport Sensor?
Q: How do teams typically pay for the system?
Q: Is the Impact data stored safely and secure?
Q: How much does the Vector MouthGuard cost?
Q: How much does the CUE Sport Sensor cost?
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What you will find in out Athlete Intelligence Info Booklet:
- All the information about our platform and sensors in one place
- Direct link to our Athlete Intelligence video, for easy viewing and sharing
- Pricing per athlete for both our VECTOR MouthGuard and CUE Sport Sensor
- How the power of data can help identify opportunities of improvement for athletes